Celebrate the holidays by giving to local charities. Possible charitable or volunteer activities include: – Hosting a charitable event: Invite employees and families to dinner and auction off prices during the meal. Donate ticket fees and other proceeds to charity.
– Organizing a gift drive: Ask employees to bring toys to donate to local charities or toy drives. – Putting up an angel tree: Collaborate with a local nonprofit to set up an angel tree in the office. Employees can pick a tag and donate to a person in need.
Possible party themes include: – Favorite holiday movie: Employees vote for a movie and decorate the office accordingly. Dress up as movie characters and watch the film during the party. – Gift wrapping party: Bring presents for friends and family and wrap them together.
Supply ribbons, gift tags and wrapping paper for everyone to share. – Gingerbread houses: Decorate the office as a gingerbread house. Provide gingerbread kits and crafts to host a gingerbread house-making contest. – Winter wonderland: Use white decorations and add
effects like twinkling lights and artificial snow to make the office look like a winter wonderland. – Tropical themed: Take a break from the winter weather with a beach-themed office. Have team members wear sunglasses, leis and flower shirts.
There are affordable and creative ways employees can exchange gifts. Some ideas include: – Cookie swap: Employees can bake unique cookies at home and bring them into the office for a swap. – Themed gifts: Exchange specific gifts like food, movies, books or gift cards.
– Draw names: Pick names and exchange personalized gifts to each other.
Food-themed ideas include: – Potluck: Employees sign up to bring dishes or assign types of food to different departments. For example, marketing could bring appetizers and accounting could bring beverages. – Ice cream sundae bar: Place different ice cream flavors and
sundae ingredients on a table and encourage employees to decorate their sundaes. – Cookie decorating: Supply ingredients and have employees decorate holiday-themed cookies together.
Host your party outside of the office by taking your employees to a venue like: – Ice-skating rink – City scavenger hunt – Bowling alley – Escape room – Restaurant – Holiday happy hour at a bar – Holiday theater show – Art class – Cooking class